Ph.D. Colloquium Research Methods

Art: Kolloquium

Zielpublikum: Doktoranden des Fachbereichs Informatik

Sprache: Englisch

Weiterqualifikation im wissenschaftlichen Arbeiten und Schreiben

Maximale Teilnehmerzahl: 20

PhD Colloquium Course description

The seminar provides an introduction to the main issues involved in designing and managing research and is intended for PhD candidates.

Research design calls for decisions about how the research should be carried out, about how data should be collected, reduced and analysed, and about how interpretations and inferences should be drawn if the aims of the research are to be realised. The researcher has to be able to demonstrate that conclusions drawn from the research are robust and well grounded epistemologically and theoretically.

In an era where scholarly publications are more widely available than ever before PhD students must develop good research information management skills to ensure they locate, retrieve, synthesise and manage relevant research literatures. We will explore topics in the area of literature searching, development of annotated bibliographies, maintaining current awareness and tools for research information management.

Good research, especially that involving people (e.g. survey respondents, case study participants, user’s involved in testing software or systems) requires careful consideration of the ethical issues involved and attention to research quality. We will consider research ethics and investigate what factors are considered for ensuring research quality in the different research traditions.

On completion of this seminar course students should:

  • have a good understanding of the basic principles of research design;
  • be able to evaluate the robustness of research employing a range of different approaches and methods;
  • be able to create a robust design for their own research and defend the choices that they have made in formulating this design.

Topics Covered include:

  • Research design – approaches and frameworks for understanding
  • Identifying and expressing aims, objectives and research questions
  • Research traditions and the relationship between theory and research.
  • Undertaking a review of the extant literature and an overview of scholarly communication
  • Effective research information management
  • Research quality and research ethics
  • Practical constraints – time, cost and the problems of coping with change.

Mode of delivery

The class comprises a mixture of presentations and smaller discussion group sessions led by facilitators, in which students are required to relate the concerns of the course to their proposed research.

Assessment: PhD Colloquium

Essay of approximately 3,000 words in which students are asked to relate the principles of research design discussed in the course to their proposed research.

20 minute presentation of their research topic and research design.